Size of IS shop: 28
Mobile PCs: 631
Hand-held devices: 180
Total screens: 5436
Industry: Education services
PC environment: Windows 7, XP, Vista; Apple; Cyclone Intel; Lenovo
Server environment: Sun; Windows 2003, 2008; VMware; Mac; Cyclone
DBMS: Oracle, SQL, MySQL
Address: Gate 1 Newbury, Street Otara, South Auckland
Key IS projects this year: Full campus wireless, student management system, MS Exchange.
This year will see wireless capability enabled across the majority of Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT), further enabling collaborative learning and easy access to online content. To further support these aims is the increased use of digital content rather than paper-based study materials, and greater adoption of audio visual technologies.
“Increased use of mobile devices, wireless and flexible delivery” will be ICT key drivers of business objectives for MIT, says IT director Simon Gillson.
While ICT budgets are flat this year, projects and staff for the department are expected to increase by as much as 5 percent.
Gillson’s team is responsible for the ICT demands of more than 1100 staff and 23,000 students — a job that grows continually in scope and complexity. “Concerns focus on providing equitable service to students using their own devices in the classroom to that which is provided on MIT owned and controlled desktops,” Gillson says.
Key projects this year will include the replacement of the Sun Java Messenger system to Microsoft Exchange for all staff, to enable a greater adoption of the features of Outlook leading to an increased ability to collaborate. MIT is also seeking to replace its Student Management System and is currently finalising an agreement with the successful vendor.
Additional investments in business continuity, cloud computing, VoIP, wireless, mobility and virtualisation are also planned. Business continuity, in particular, has taken a higher precedence since the Christchurch earthquakes.
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